ERIC Number: ED333588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
State Plans for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth: A Selected Survey of Thirty-Five States.
Thirty-five state plans for the education of homeless children and youth as mandated by the 1987 Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act are reviewed and analyzed in this report. Specifically, the act requires that states designate agency authorization for a child's educational placement, procedures for placement dispute resolution, assurances for enrollment in students'"best interests," and provisions for equal educational quality and transfer of student records. Findings indicate that states generally: (1) authorized education officials to make placement decisions; (2) created or adopted dispute resolution mechanisms but failed to specify child placement, time limits, and due process protections; (3) recommended flexible district records transfer policies; and (4) encountered difficulty in planning for homeless student transportation. The study advocates that states adopt more expansive definitions of "homeless" students, grant placement power to parents, implement more efficient dispute resolution mechanisms, specify local district responsibility in service provision and records transfer, and meet student transportation needs. The U.S. Department of Education is encouraged to assume a strong leadership role. Ten tables outline provisions of the 35 state plans. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Education, Boston, MA.